The advisor to a high school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club has found himself in a lot of irony.  I’m Amy E. Feldman.

Two employees of a central Pennsylvania school district—one, a social studies teacher, the other a staff member who is the advisor to the school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club—were arrested this month while chaperoning the senior trip to Virginia Beach—for public drunkenness and using profanity. 

While parents are happy that the easing of restrictions means that high school seniors who have lost out on so much will have this rite of passage, they can’t forget the week is fraught with legal issues.  First, parents are held liable for the destruction of property caused by their teens.  Second, underage drinking is a crime that will lead not just to charges but tragedies if it involves driving. You obviously can’t rely on a chaperone—it’s up to you to remind your kids to make good decisions.

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